Sunday, November 16, 2008

PIVTR - Press Release

Passionate Internet Voice Talk Radio (TM) hosts sponsor new AT&T phone lines
(November-11-2008 Ann Arbor, MI)

On November 15th 2008, PIVTR will launch a new phone system using superior AT&T technology. PIVTR's new phone system is made possible because of two talk show hosts who share the Passion of PIVTR: Pat Meehan and Rowena Cherry .

Pat Meehan of "Career Talk with Pat" (Mondays from 3.30 pm to 4.00 pm Eastern Time) is sponsoring the new dedicated business line for the exclusive use of PIVTR talk show hosts.

Futuristic Romance author Rowena Cherry of "Crazy Tuesday" and occasional "Cherry-Picking Specials" is sponsoring the new toll-free call-in line for listeners.

"Lillian Cauldwell and PIVTR are strongly committed to excellence in broadcasting," said Rowena Cherry. "The station, the hosts and their guests provide quality content. I was delighted to help sponsor an AT&T line so our audience can receive the best possible listening experience. "

As one of the world's top ten stations of its kind, Passionate Internet Voices Talk Radio, Inc. now reaches 30 nations around the globe.

Entrepreneur owner of PIVTR, Lillian Cauldwell explains the three major principles behind her vision.

"I founded PIVTR to do three things well:
1) To market and promote mid-list and unknown published authors to the media and to the world;
2) To provide a conduit for voices not otherwise heard in this noisy, political, celebrity- and sports-driven world; 3) To educate, and to provide quality information to listeners that they can use in their spiritual, business, and personal lives.


A league of nations among other Internet talk radio stations;
Voices of the People – United We Roar! ™
Home of the Brave – The Veterans!

For more information on PIVTR contact "Creator" Cauldwell

For more information on Pat Meehan visit

For more information on Rowena Cherry and Crazy Tuesday visit
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Thursday, November 6, 2008



It’s easy to get tripped up when writing dialogue. In North America, the rule is to use double quotation marks around the words of the speaker; this seems simple enough, but the most common problem lies in the placement of punctuation other than quotation marks. The standard rule is to include periods and commas within the quotation marks:

She said, "I don’t believe you are telling the truth."

"I don’t believe you are telling the truth," she said.

"I don’t believe you," she said, "and I no longer trust you."

"I don’t believe you!" she exclaimed.

"Should I believe you?" she asked.

"Fine, don’t believe me," he replied. "You’ve never trusted me."

Note that dialogue tags (she said, he replied) must be a "speaking action," whereas non-speaking actions (he snorted, she glared) are not punctuated as tags and should be treated as separate sentences:

"I don’t believe you are telling the truth." She glared at him.

"Fine, don’t believe me." He snorted with disgust.

Use single quotation marks to mark dialogue within dialogue:

"And then I looked at him and said, ‘I don’t believe you!’" she said.

She said, "And then I looked at him and said, ‘I don’t believe you!’"

"And then I looked at him and said, ‘I don’t believe you!’ and he walked away."

Another general rule is to start a new paragraph for each new speaker. It makes for a clearer picture of the give and take of a "conversation" and helps the reader switch from speaker to speaker.

Some writers use italics to set off dialogue, while others use no special punctuation at all. However, unless you’re Hemingway or Joyce, it’s best to save the italics for quoted thoughts and use traditional punctuation for your dialogue. For clarity’s sake, whatever format you choose, keep it consistent, and your readers will thank you.

Monday, October 27, 2008


PIVTR has a holiday special for you. For only $45.00, you'll receive a 30-minute program that will promote and market your business, book, holiday special or what's on your mind. With that, you'll receive mp3 stream, posting on PIVTR's social website, blog, newsletter, and have the live program relooped through the station during that Holiday week.
Contact Lillian Cauldwell at
Here's the link for the station:
Pass the word and get on the bandwagon. If you wait too long, the radio slots will be gone.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Career Talk With Pat Meehan

“Career Talk With Pat” - Pat Meehan offers the very best career advice to people who are serious about moving themselves ahead. This is a live radio talk show which focuses on taking charge of one’s career through self-accountability, self-awareness, and self-improvement. This is a show designed for the listening audience to call in and/or email to ask Pat about any and all of their career related questions and concerns.

3:30 to 4 p. "Career Talk" with Pat Meehan

Pat Meehan, author of his new book, “Career of a Lifetime,” is the owner of the Meehan Group, a nationally recognized Employment Consulting Firm located in Evansville, Indiana. For nearly twenty years, Pat has been a leader in career transition consulting with a large variety of clients. His clients include Fortune 500 corporations and small to medium size companies. He has provided in-depth career transition services to executive teams, vice-presidents, directors, managers, supervisors, and front-line employees that are spread over a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, pharmaceutical, healthcare, retail, and other goods and services.

Pat has taken the approach in his own life, as well as in coaching others, that accountability to one’s self is the only way for a person to discover and truly have career freedom. He has spent many years guiding people to find the light they each have inside themselves through inspiring accountability to self, followed by self-awareness, with focus on self-improvement.

Catch his shows on Monday. You'll be glad you did.

Linda Barnett-Johnson

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Save a K-9 Veteran.

PIVTR - Passionate Internet Voices Talk Radio had a program October 1, with Danny Scheurer, a veteran that is helping K9's live their life out instead of being destroyed. Visit his webpage and see how you can help.

I contacted the Department of Veteran Affairs today to see about getting disabled veterans a job there with the dogs. Danny is passionate about helping both the veterans and dogs to live a long and deserving life. If you want to know more, check out the website: This is a non-profit organization.

If you want to listen to the interview, go to PIVTR - Passionate Internet Voices Talk Radio: and click on October 1 for the interview. It is very interesting what this veteran has done and is doing.

Pass this message on to all your animal friends and friends of veterans. This is something you can do to help.


Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Linda Barnett-Johnson Editing Services Website

Many people have the gift of writing but lack the skills to fine tune their work. That's where professional copywriting, editing and proofreading comes in. If your desire is to see your work published, but you don't have the time or the ability to check the spelling, punctuation and grammar, you need help.

Maybe you're building a website and have ideas but can't quite put them into words to describe yourself, your work, services or products. Professional writing makes all the difference between a mediocre production and a finely-tuned presentation.

Linda Barnett-Johnson has years of editing experience, has been published in many venues and has a keen eye for proofreading. Her assistance with your project will result in a highly professional, ready-to-publish product, whether it be your prized manuscript, copy for your website, a short story you've labored over - she can put that final touch to it that makes it stand out above the rest.

Take a minute to check out her services and contact her for assistance. Put your energies into getting those creative thoughts on paper and let her do the rest.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


I have been asked "where do you get your ideas for writing." Here are some ways to get your creative juices flowing:
1) Get a dictionary and randomly open and point to a word. Now put Village, Town, City, World behind it and just start writing. That's a fun way.
2) Read one of my articles about Writer's Block - No Such Thing That will give you some other ideas for: Setting, Object, Character, and more.
3) I love the book, "The Writer's Book of Matches" by the staff of fresh boiled peanuts. There's over 1001 prompts to ignite your imagination.
4) Have you ever read another story and you said I would change that and make it this way, etc. This is not plagerism, unless you copy word for word. I suggest you don't ever copy anyone's work. But, another persons story might give you an idea for your own.
5) The internet is a plethora of ideas. Go to any online library and just scout titles of books or journals. I'm sure something will give you a nudge.
Try one of these and let me know if it works for you. Everyday life is full of ideas: something someone says in the store, a newspaper articles, a soap opera, news, movie, etc. Keep a journal with you at all times: in your car, bathroom, and wherever you relax. Most likely that will be the time you need to write something down.
Start today. I look forward to hearing about your adventures.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Long Story Short School of Writing Partners with CFU, Colorado Free University

LSS Writing School has been chosen to open the Online Writing School at Colorado Free University, a 35-year-old institution based in Denver. CFU, a leisure-learning center, offers a wide variety of brick and mortar classes at their Denver location in The Lowry Center, 7653 East 1st PlaceDenver, CO 80230. Anxious to expand it online curriculum, CFU gave an exclusive right to LSS to offer their entire catalog of courses in the online arm of its school.

Directed by Denise Cassino of Conifer, CO and Linda Barnett-Johnson of Lewistown, MT, LSS opened its virtual doors in October 2005. Cassino says, “Since that time, our growth has been phenomenal and this was the logical next step. ' The writing school is a spin-off of the ezine, Long Story Short, dedicated to the promotion and advancement of writers worldwide.

Cassino and Barnett-Johnson met in an online writing class in 2001. They became virtual business partners in 2003, but have never met. They have an amazingly compatible business relationship and friendship, which has further expanded with the Long Story Short Publishing Company, an ebook publisher.

Known as the “nice” publishers in the highly competitive world of online publishing, they have 3000 subscribers to their ezine and publish its newsletter announcing the stories, articles and poetry published each month. Named four times as one of Writers Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers, they have published thousands of stories, articles and poems over the last five years.

Visit both campuses at for a description of all course offerings.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

My New Editing, proofreading, etc. Website

Hello writing friends,

Many people have the gift of writing, but lack the skills to fine tune their work. That's where professional copywriting, editing and proofreading comes in. If your desire is to see your work published, but you don't have the time or the ability to the spelling, punctuation and grammar, you need help.
Maybe you're building a website and have ideas but can't quite put them into words to describe yourself, your work, services or products. Professional writing makes all the difference between a mediocre production and a finely-tuned presentation.

Take a minute to check out my services and contact me for assistance. Put your energies into getting those creative thoughts on paper and let me do the rest.

Please send this link to all your friends on your mail list. I hope to hear from you and work with you to increase the value of your writing. If I can help in any way, I look forward to hearing from you and working with you to succeed!

Linda Barnett-Johnson

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Fiction in a Flash

Are you ready to plunge into the pool of flash fiction? Be prepared to hold your breath! Although the water appears shallow, the emotional impact of this form of writing has depths rivaling the high seas of longer fiction.

Flash fiction, when crafted with care, has the ability to work both within the boundaries of fiction and on the periphery of what is considered traditional storytelling. In the world of flash, a compelling story can be told in less than a hundred words!

During this six-week workshop, advanced writers looking to fine-tune their skills in brevity and control and aspiring writers interested in experimenting with this cutting-edge mode will have the opportunity to explore this in-demand form of writing.

By the end of the course, writers will have produced two polished pieces of flash fiction. Each work will be critiqued in a supportive environment intended to celebrate the writer’s voice and vision, and will provide the feedback essential in the reviewing and editing stages of writing.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Long Story Short Ezine

Do you love to write fiction, non fiction, essays, poetry or writing articles? If you do, then you need to submit them to Long Story Short, a magazine for all writers. We're different than most editors, if we feel you have promise, we'll work with you in getting it fine-tuned for publishing.

You can check out our submission guidelines here:

We look forward to reading your stories.

Linda Barnett-Johnson

Assistant Editor

Writing Classes

I would like to introduce myself. I am the Administration Director of the Long Story Short School of Writing - I am also the assistant editor of Long Story Short ezine -

We have a plethora of wonderful classes. Whether you're a beginning or advanced, we have a class for you. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Here's the list:

Cookbook Writing 101
Curing Your Writing Problems
Fiction in a Flash
Fiction Without Fear or Using the “Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune”
Fine Tuning the Senses
How to Create a Buzz!
How to Make it as a Freelance Writer
How to Succeed in Business Writing ... By Really Trying!
How to Write Under Fire
Journaling- the Write Way to a Better Life
Modern Poetry: Broaching the Avant-Garde
Novel Building101
Novel Building 102
Pitch Perfect
Promoting Your Book Online
Quintessential Queries and Savvy Synopses
Setting the Hook
Short Fiction: Make that Old Story New and Get it Published
Show, Don't Tell
Soul Building: The Breathing Fictional Character
Start Here -
Basic Writing Skills
The Art of Book Reviewing
The Lucrative World of Health Articles and Books
The Muse
The Nitty Gritty of Good Grammar and Great Writing
The Reel Deal: Writing About Movies
The World According to Agents and Editors
Turning Ideas Into Fiction
Who IS That Person - Developing Four Dimensional Characters
World Building for Writers: Beyond the Science
Writing a Creative Memoir
Writing Children's Fiction
Writing Fiction Express
Write Like a Lover
Writing the Non Fiction Book Proposal
Writing as Meditation
Writing as an Extreme Sport! (Re-Writing Your Own Work)
You, Me and Poetry